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The Lost Island (Gideon Crew Series #3)

The Lost Island (Gideon Crew Series #3)

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by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, David W. Collins (Read by)

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Gideon Crew—brilliant scientist, master thief—is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon's task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security.

Accomplishing the impossible, Gideon


Gideon Crew—brilliant scientist, master thief—is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon's task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security.

Accomplishing the impossible, Gideon steals the parchment—only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks. As they ponder the strange map, they realize that the treasure it leads to is no ordinary fortune. It is something far more precious: an amazing discovery that could perhaps even save Gideon's life.

Together with his new partner, Amy, Gideon follows a trail of cryptic clues to an unknown island in a remote corner of the Caribbean Sea. There, off the hostile and desolate Mosquito Coast, the pair realize the extraordinary treasure they are hunting conceals an even greater shock-a revelation so profound that it may benefit the entire human race . . . if Gideon and Amy can survive.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Preston and Child’s sparkling third Gideon Crew novel (after 2012’s Gideon’s Corpse), Eli Glinn of Effective Engineering Solutions orders Crew to steal the Book of Kells, “the finest illuminated book in existence,” from New York’s Morgan Library, where it’s on loan from the Irish government—and protected by a highly sophisticated security system. When the success of this nearly impossible mission reveals a treasure map with links to ancient Greek history, Glinn sends Gideon and Amy, another operative in his employ, on a jaunt to the Caribbean. There Gideon and Amy, who briefly poses as his wife, face dangers from treasure hunters, nature, and an erosion of trust in each other. Gideon refreshingly doesn’t fit the superhero mold, and the enigmatic Amy is more than his equal in daring and intelligence. Fans of H. Rider Haggard and Edgar Rice Burroughs will find a lot to like. Agent: Eric Simonoff, William Morris Endeavor. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
"The action zigzags like an out-of-control rocket toward a double-deceptive conclusion."—Kirkus Reviews on Gideon's Corpse

"Gideon, an engaging fellow from the get-go, lives up to his initial promise, demonstrating an intelligence and resourcefulness that should endear him to adventure fans."—Booklist on Gideon's Corpse

"Like Michael Crichton, Preston and Child weave their stories at a thrilling pace...Preston and Child never fail to entertain. And GIDEON'S CORPSE is a thriller that ranks high among their many co-authored offerings to date."—BookReporter.com

"Preston and Child deliver a tight, literate thriller...The writing is fast-paced and cinematic."—New Mexico Magazine on Gideon's Corpse

"Ever timely and provocative, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have given us yet another one of their taut page-turners in GIDEON'S CORPSE...The issue is never if he'll escape, but how. It's the thrill of the ride that counts, and GIDEON'S CORPSE gives the reader a front seat."
Albuquerque Journal on Gideon's Corpse

"The writing is taut and intense with twists and turns to surprise even the die-hard thriller fan...the authors make it fresh and original."—RT Reviews on Gideon's Corpse

"Sherlock Holmes fans will relish Preston and Child's 13th novel featuring eccentric FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast (after 2012's Two Graves), one of their best in this popular series...easily stands on its own with only passing references to Pendergast's complex backstory."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on White Fire

"Preston and Child have done it again! WHITE FIRE continues their white hot streak of bestselling suspense as the most eccentric and ruthlessly clever FBI agent in the business, Pendergast, takes on old money and even older secrets with some literary help from Sherlock Holmes. Simply brilliant!"—Lisa Gardner on White Fire

Library Journal
In this third in the Gideon Crew series, our hero discovers a lost civilization—something Preston actually helped to do recently on an expedition to Honduras, which uncovered a staggering city in ruins deep in the rainforest.
Kirkus Reviews
Preston and Child (Gideon’s Sword, 2011, etc.) sail Gideon Crew into his third adventure for Effective Engineering Solutions, a "company specializing in failure analysis" that's the brainchild of Eli Glinn, a banged-up ex-military genius who pilots his enterprise from a power wheelchair.EES assigns Crew a simple Caribbean jaunt to find an exotic plant with near-magical healing powers. But first, he'll need to sneak intothe Morgan Library in New York and steal part of Ireland’s priceless Book of Kells because the Phorkys Map, an ancient Greek text that points the way to the coveted plant, is on the reverse side. In spite of Swiss bank–level security, Crew’s now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t Kells caper takes no more time than he’ll need to sink a ship full of treasure-hunting Caribbean pirates. Thinking Crew knows the location of billions in bullion, the bad guys stumble upon him and his EES-assigned partner, Amy, a techno-type with Ph.D.s in classical languages and sociology. No meet-cute romance here for Crew and Amy; it’s eyes only on the map left by Odysseus, he of the legendary voyage. The authors crank up their descriptive powers when the pair meet Miskito Indians and then canoe offshore to search for the "lotus"—the healing plant—on deserted volcanic islands. Deserted because the census overlooked the last surviving Cyclops, "something out of a B movie, a huge muscled Neanderthal" who's "nine feet tall, with a massive head on a thickly muscled neck" and "a single glossy eye the size of a plate." The characters are static. The plot is breakneck violent. Geekery is prevalent, with Glinn employing QBA—supercomputer quantitative behavioral analysis, combining history, sociology and statistics which "can predict, to a certain extent, human behavior"—which works well except for the unforeseen murder and mayhem, betrayal and suicide.Preston and Child keep an eye out for the legendary and introduce Cyclops, mystical humanoid, to stretch the boundaries ofthe action-adventure novel.

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Hachette Audio
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Gideon Crew Series , #3
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5.25(w) x 5.75(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child "stand head and shoulders above their rivals" (Publishers Weekly). Preston and Child's Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the one hundred greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number-one box office hit movie. They are coauthors of the famed Pendergast series and their recent novels include Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance, Two Graves, and Gideon's Corpse. In addition to his novels, Preston writes about archaeology for the New Yorker and Smithsonian magazines. Lincoln Child is a former book editor who has published five novels of his own, including the huge bestseller Deep Storm.
Readers can sign up for The Pendergast File, a monthly "strangely entertaining note" from the authors, at their website, www.PrestonChild.com. The authors welcome visitors to their alarmingly active Facebook page, where they post regularly.

Brief Biography

Place of Birth:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
B.A., Pomona College, 1978

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The Lost Island (Gideon Crew Series #3) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very Interesting Plot and Great Characters. The plot had enough mystery and intrigue to keep me reading until the very end. Gideon Crew is a first-rate character. I can't wait for more.
sailorgirl38 More than 1 year ago
Preston and Child did it again.... I could not put the book down once I started reading, everything else came to a screeching halt until I had finished the book. Somehow, they manage to never get repetitive. From the first page the reader never knows what's going to happen....
LoveToReadJFE More than 1 year ago
The Lost Island is everything a thriller should be, a gripping story filled with unexpected twists and turns, one that keeps readers page-turning far into the night. Gideon Crew, working for the enigmatic Eli Glinn, heads off to the Caribbean only to discover that intelligence, amazing sleight-of-hand, and “social engineering” just might not be enough to pull off this job . . . or to keep him alive.
bonnieCA More than 1 year ago
I didn't like Gideon's attitude in this book. I don't know why he came across as so antagonistic; maybe it was the boss who made him act that way. This one was a little different and not as engrossing as the others. Still has the evil genius who must be stopped before he ruins the world.
KKR More than 1 year ago
Clearly, Preston and Child intend this one to be snapped up by Hollywood. In fact, toward the end, "star" Gideon Crew remarks to Amy, the woman hired to go on the expedition with him, "This is like something out of a B movie." The opening eleven chapters, which were given away free, are excellent; Crew must find a way to steal the Book of Kells, Ireland's greatest treasure. Then the real novel begins: Find a secret medicine somewhere in the world by following a map of great but undetermined age that is on a vellum scroll made by who knows whom? On the way, deal somehow with pirates, angry natives, and a monster.
PattyAnneCA More than 1 year ago
Of course a novel by Preston and Child is exciting. Goes without saying. But the premise of this one is way out there. It is still worth reading as a vehicle of escape. And we now have a feminine super hero to go with Gideon on his escapade.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best & unique action books I have ever read.
daveb48 4 months ago
This is Book 3 in Preston and Child's Gideon Crew series and is the eeriest so far. Gideon is hired to steal the Book of Kells while it is on exhibit in New York. In reality, the client (Glinn, whom we have met in the earlier books) only wants one page of the book. I won't go into more detail than that at the risk of spoilers, but suffice it to say that the Book of Kells is far from the final objective here. Gideon finds himself on a very strange quest to find an elixir that is alluded to in, of all things, The Iliad. He and his female partner get into all sorts of trouble, not the least of which is an encounter with a creature out of ancient legends. While much of this story is fantastical, the plot is interesting enough to keep the reader turning pages, if only to find out how Gideon and his partner get out of their latest scrape. I am not as in love with the Gideon Crew series as I am with the Pendergast series, but I've read all three books in this series so far and like them well enough to continue. This book leads into the next book at the end and I will no doubt read that one too. I like Gideon as a character despite his shady past and uncertain future.
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Murph More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
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Ok so where are we?
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This book is full of action and thrills.
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Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite Gideon Crew novel yet. So many good characters and the story line was awesome. i have not been disappointed yet in one of his books. Love all the action and adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it's a non-stop action thriller with a lost race of Cyclops ! totally believable story !
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RickT-1111 More than 1 year ago
I was captivated. The adventures piled on one after another, with scary moments, exotic characters and locale. The main characters and their relationships grew richer and more complex in this new Gideon Crew installment. Great read.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite Readers are reunited with Gideon Crew in The Lost Island. This is the third book Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have written in the Gideon Crew series. Gideon Crew is a brilliant scientist and a master thief. Gideon’s employer, Eli Glinn, has given him what is an almost impossible assignment: to steal a page from the Book of Kells, which is on display in New York City. As fans know, nothing is impossible for Gideon. Gideon and Amy set out on a quest to find the treasure that could save Gideon’s life, a lotus plant with purported special properties. Their search takes them to the Caribbean where they face one peril after another.  The action in Lost Island is bigger than life. It is impossible to review this book and not give away spoilers. What can a reviewer do other than give strong hints - there is a mythological creature from Homer’s Odyssey, the creature is the key to the lotus plant and the creature comes to care for Amy. Now isn’t that larger than life? The action certainly doesn’t stop there. Both Amy and Gideon are in constant danger. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have done it! The first two Gideon Crew books were good but Lost Island is superb. While most of the action is unbelievable, it is also commanding, astonishing and unpredictable. I was enthralled with this book from the first page to the last. My copy of The Lost Island is in audio format and the narrator is David W. Collins.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read, looking forward to the next book in the series!
eyeshield_21 More than 1 year ago
Very much enjoyed the weaving of fact and fiction/action. Felt very Indiana Jones-ish.  So of course, loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago